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EA First was born out of an ethos to make a difference that sets us out from the crowd. With many years of recruitment experience, a proven track record for valuing relationships, we stand ready to demonstrate something different.

Whether you are looking to recruit into your team, or searching for opportunities for yourself, our Expert Advisers are here to support you in opening those doors.

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Anil Pattni
Anil Pattni

Director

​Having spent 11 years leading several teams across multiple offices for a global recruitment firm, I am now very excited to join the EA First fa...

James Chandler
James Chandler

Associate Consultant

As the newest recruit to the EA first team, I am looking to bring my enthusiasm, strong work ethic and passion for establishing a long career in re...

David McGarry
David McGarry

Executive Director

Whilst clearly my experience and abilities are key to why you might choose to partner with EA First, of equal importance to me is ensuring you know...

Hayley Murfitt
Hayley Murfitt

Associate Director

​I bring a huge passion for recruiting along with developing solid working relationships built on trust and respect. With over 16 years of recrui...

Jack Green
Jack Green

Senior Consultant

​Having spent 5 years supporting clients to attract the best talent for their needs across a variety of industries, I am now very excited to join t...

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Meet the Team

Feel free to read the profiles of some of the most experienced recruitment operators in the market, and why we chose to work for EA First. Whether you need advice on how best to sell your CV, or what roles and paths to consider, our Advisors stand ready to support you.  

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Testimonials

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​Right from first contact through to completion, Damian has been friendly, engaging and showed a true desire to see me succeed. This went far beyond the usual "I need to place someone to earn my commission" type of interactions. This was personal.

So many recruiters I've worked with that just don't seem particularly bothered about maintaining contact with candidates, don't want to put in a little effort to help those candidates get the best experience and/or results from their engagements.

Damian goes above and beyond all of this. maintaining contact to keep me informed of each step in the process, where his clients are in their processes, and what I can expect as a candidate going forward.

Truly a platinum service from Damian. It has been a genuine pleasure to be a candidate in a tough market with him at my side every step of the way.

Colin Brooker, IT Technician - CATS

​Damian first contacted me over the Christmas period of 2020 regarding a potential position he felt might be of interest. What was refreshing about this initial exchange was the open and honest appraisal of the situation to date. Even with signs of post-covid recovery, there was still an air of caution in most organisations.

In other words, there was a 'potential' opportunity and at this stage, it was nothing more than that.

True to his promise, he re-engaged during January and I was invited for an initial interview. A second meeting with the CEO led to an immediate offer. During the process, Damian sought and shared feedback from both parties, kept me informed on progress etc and even phoned me on the day of interview to wish me luck.

Those things go a long way and it is with pleasure that I leave this recommendation. It says it all that even after I had started in the position that he gave me the courtesy of a phone call to ask if I had settled in.

Damian will help you seek out talented IT professionals (wow, I guess that also means I fit that category), and you can rest assured that he will act with integrity as the trusted representation of your organisation.

Paul McGeady, Head of IT - CIPS

Having known the management team of EA First for several years I have been impressed that they truly believe in building a long term working relationship. The first year of working with them resulted in several successful hires which has been followed up over the last 2 years with regular professional contact received whilst I was not recruiting which has also impressed me. Happy to recommend!





Julia Phillips, Finance Director - ARM

You know what you get with these guys and that’s a dedication to providing an above average service. They care, they listen, they go the extra mile and they find very good candidates! Never feels like they are selling to me and I feel confident they will give me honest feedback and advice. Would happily recommend.

Sam Bowker, Head of Recruitment - Wellcome Sanger Institute

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